"In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell man that he showed himself trough the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, should man learn.”
-Pawnee Eagle Chief Letakots-Lesa
Like any good relationship, a relationship with a horse is best built from the ground up. We also believe that the fastest way to build it is to go slow. Really slow. Participants spend time observing horses’ natural behaviors before entering their space. We are mindful of their cues as they respond to our presence and we learn to approach and interact with them. Typical activities include horse behavior observation and discussion, approaching and haltering horses, massage and energy work, grooming, leading through various activities and obstacles, off-lead work, mindfulness practices, horse care, team initiatives and more. Safety for horses and people is always the first consideration.
Currently we are not including riding in our curriculum. If riding is a must for you, we will happily refer you to some resources that offer it.
We’ll be outside most of the time, or if indoors it will be an unheated space, so seasonally appropriate clothing is important! We will walk or stand for the majority of our time together.